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Steyn on Bigley

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Warren Kinsella calls this column by Mark Steyn one of the the most “cruel and callous” columns he’s ever read.
I’m not so sure.
Look, I despise Steyn. I think he’s intellectually dishonest, a poseur, and the master of what Mark Kingwell calls “the reverse sarcasm”. In this piece, he goes after Kenneth Bigley, the Brit who was, sadly, decapitated in Iraq last week. While I don’t much care for Steyn’s tone (if you want to see a man turn hysterical when cornered, read his columns in 2000 between the November election and the final decision by the Supreme Court. Not much jocular high irony from Steyn then), I have to confess to being not entirely unsympathetic with his general point.
Read it, then let’s discuss.

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